Tom Hiddleston was strutting it out at the Emmy's last night to see if he would win best actor in a limited series for his sterling work in The Night Manager. He lost to Courtney B. Vance for The People vs O.J. Simpson, but reporters seemed less interested in his acting than his current relationship status with Taylor Swift, with whom he shared the hottest — and most reported on — romance of the Summer.
When asked if he and the "Blank Space" singer were still friends, he responded with grace:
It's good to see that he doesn't reserve any bitterness towards Swift, especially considering that the Emmys were considered a vocal flashpoint in their relationship, with rumours circulating that he wanted to take her to the event, but she declined to be his "arm candy". Seemingly content to paint Hiddleston as the victor in this relationship, tabloids have now started noting him "getting flirty" with Priyanka Chopra at the Emmy's after-party in a manner similar to how the start of Hiddleswift was reported. When you're a celebrity, it never ends.
Yet, as has become cliché, Taylor Swift is known to use her past failed relationships as inspiration for her songs, either taking pot shots or reminiscing about her various exes. The question remains, given that it has now been two years since the release of her last album, will she use #Hiddleswift as material for her next song? With a source mentioning that "Taylor writes music in the same way that other women chat to their friends on the phone" this seems highly likely. Lets take a look at her previous break up songs to try and see what approach she might take.
Joe Jonas - "Forever and Always"
Taylor and the Jonas Brothers singer dated in the heady summer of 2008, when she was at the mere age of 18; an impressionable time to be dating. The break-up was particularly hard on Swift as he took a mere 27 seconds to leave her over the phone. This inspired the song "Forever and Always" in which she calls out his emotional immaturity:
"Did I say something way too honest, made you run and hideLike a scared little boy"
Talking about the themes of the song, she told People:
"[It's] a song about watching somebody completely fade away in a relationship and wondering what you did wrong"
Taylor Lautner - "Back To December"
Taylor and Taylor — better known as Taylor Squared — met on the set of Valentine's Day, which is arguably quite the romantic setting. Yet, as the highs of summer turned to lows of fall, their relationship didn't have the legs to make it to Christmas. It seems that this time it was Taylor who got cold feet:
"And then the cold came, the dark days when fear crept into my mind. You gave me all your love and all I gave you was goodbye"
When asked if the song was about him, Lautner said:
"That's what she does. She writes songs."
John Mayer - "Dear John"
Soon after dating the Twilight star, instead of waiting for the world to change, she moved onto singer-songwriter John Mayer, a man twelve years older than her. In the light of their break-up she wrote the rather blatantly titled "Dear John" in which she seems to call Mayer out for only wanting one thing:
"It was wrong. Don't you think nineteen's too young to be played by your dark, twisted games when I loved you so"
Mayer was not amused at lyrics seemingly suggesting that he took her virginity, telling Rolling Stone:
"It made me feel terrible. Because I didn't deserve it. I'm pretty good at taking accountability now, and I never did anything to deserve that. It was a really lousy thing for her to do."
In a funny twist of fate, Mayer was the one playing Hiddleston off after his Emmy presentation!
Jake Gyllenhaal - "We Are Never Getting Back Together"
Starting their first date apple picking at Fishkill Farms in New York, it seemed that this time could have been it for Swift, with rumours circulating that they might even get married! Things went sour, however, when he couldn't take the heat, apparently even skipping her 21st birthday party. For this break-up track, Taylor seems to have developed a snarky sense of humour, calling out Gyllenhaal's hipster tendencies:
"I'm really gonna miss you picking fights and me falling for it screaming that I'm right and you would hide away and find your peace of mind with some indie record that's much cooler than mine"
Gyllenhaal for his part, said in an interview with Howard Stern, that his problem in relationships isn't usually the other girl, its him:
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Conor Kennedy - "Starlight"
Taylor Swift and JFK's great-nephew first got it on in the summer of 2012, while he was still in high school, and she found herself in the upper echelons of the Kennedy dynasty. There were even reports that the couple infiltrated the wedding of Conor's cousin Kyle. Nevertheless, the relationship didn't last long, with a source confirming a few months later that it was over:
"It was just a distance thing. No hard feelings. They're fine."
This inspired a particularly bittersweet break-up tune, focusing on the wild times they had together — possibly even referencing the infamous wedding break-in:
"Can't remember what song it was playing when we walked in the night we snuck into a yacht club party pretending to be a duchess and a prince"
Harry Styles - "Out of the Woods"
Taylor Swift and the One Direction singer started shacking up in 2012, with reports that "Haylor" started when they met backstage at the Kids Choice Awards before making it official in December — and setting Twitter alight in the process — with this adorable picture:
It only lasted a couple of months however, due to some intense arguing between the two of them while holidaying in the British Virgin Islands. A source told the Daily Mail:
"They were on holiday and had an almighty row."
"Out of The Woods" is reportedly about him, with Swift taking time to mention that snowmobile accident:
"Remember when you hit the brakes too soon?Twenty stitches in a hospital room."
Styles had a mature response to being asked about the song, telling Access Hollywood:
"We all write from personal experience, so it would be hypocritical to say that she can't and she is very good at what she does"
What Will She Write About Hiddleston?
There seems to be a theme emerging in the past few Swift relationships: they never seem to last longer than four months. Additionally, they all seem to be very well-known figures. Maybe she'll write about the difficulties of staying with someone extremely famous for long enough to consider it a serious relationship. With the particulars of their love life taking place in the Summer, can we expect a more upbeat reminiscence of their life together? Only time will tell: we await Swift's new album with baited breath.
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